Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Musc 101 The Art of Listening

Summer 2013 - Session II

Art of Listening, Summer 2013



Catalog:                                MUSC 101-101, Music: Art of Listening

Meeting:                                Tu Th: 8:30 AM - 12:40 PM

Instructor:                             Anthony Molinaro (amolinaro@luc.edu)



Textbooks and Class Resources


Experience Music, third edition (Katherine Charlton) *** Includes three CDs


This course will utilize Sakai. Assignments, announcements, grades, online links and more will routinely be posted, but students should not expect Sakai to be a suitable replacement for class attendance.


The online radio station Grooveshark and YouTube will be used extensively.



Course Description


Art of Listening will focus on the acquisition and enhancement of listening skills through direct experience of musical works along with an examination of cross-cultural similarities and differences among musical styles. Various genres of music will be studied including: Classical, Jazz, World and Popular Music. There will also be a section on Italian artists and composers. Students must attend four concerts and - though there are many free concerts in Rome during the summer - students may have to purchase tickets for a few events (please reserve approximately €30 total for concerts). At least a couple concerts will be organized class trips.


Knowledge Area: Artistic Expression and Experience



Area learning outcome: The study of art fosters a search for truth and a respect for the human person. Artistic expression and knowledge in the core curriculum encourages students to develop critical habits of the mind and ethical standards of behavior in their preparation for life. The core curriculum provides students with the opportunity to engage in the arts, through creative processes as well as through formal study; and to explore non-linear modes of thinking, problem-solving and expression.



Specific course outcome: A cultivation of musical perception through a process of repeated and guided listenings; strengthening of listening skills while developing and expanding styles perspectives.




A = 100-93; A- = 92-90; B+ = 89-87; B = 86-83; B- 82-80; C+ = 79-77; C = 76-73; C- = 72-70; D = 69-60; F = Below 59


Graded components of Art of Listening:


•  Final Examination (500)

•  Midterm Examination (300)

•  Paper (300)

•  Four Listening Quizzes: 50 points each (200)

•  Concert Attendance: 50 points each (200)


Total Points = 1,500


Paper (300)


Topics for consideration will grow from in-class discussions and will be announced no later than July 16. Further details will be provided at that time, but papers should be 3-5 pages in length (800 word minimum) and must be submitted to Turnitin by July 24.


Four Listening Quizzes (200)


A 50 point quiz will be given every class beginning on July 9 (except for July 16, which is the midterm exam). The quizzes will focus on the identification of musical works studied in class, but may also include a few questions from assigned readings and class discussions. The quizzes will take place at the beginning of class and are very short. Four of them will count toward your overall grade (the lowest grade will be dropped). The listening material will be highlighted on the “listening table” and posted on Sakai.


Concert Attendance (200)


Students must attend four concerts. There are endless concerts in Rome in July and a host of possibilities will be provided for you at the beginning of the session. We will turn at least a couple of these into class trips where we will go out to dinner first and perhaps explore different parts of the city in addition to the concert.


Attendance and Participation


Attendance and participation are crucial elements to making the class a meaningful and dynamic experience. Students with more than one unexcused absence will have their final grade lowered by 5 percentage points. Each additional absence will incur an additional 5 percentage point penalty. Class participation will factor into your grade.


Disclaimer and Academic Integrity


The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus if circumstances warrant. Students will be notified of any changes in a timely manner. Students are also responsible for reading and abiding by the University's statement on academic integrity. It is posted at: http://www.luc.edu/academics/catalog/ undergrad/reg_academicintegrity.shtml


*** Note: Students will receive a zero on any assignment, project or exam on which they are found to be in deliberate violation of the University’s policy on Academic Integrity. Please read it carefully.


Cell Phones and Computers


Please refrain from using cell phones, ipads, laptop computers, or similar devices during class. Texting will not be tolerated during class.




Course Outline




Week 1


July 2 - Course introduction; Chapter 1: Elements of Music: Sound, Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony (pg.

4-11); Chapter 2: Elements That Structure Music: Key, Texture, and Form (pg. 12-16); Chapter 3: Musical

Instruments and Ensembles (pg. 17-27).


July 4 - Prelude: The Triumph of Baroque Style (pg. 62-64); Chapter 7: Cantata (pg. 74-80); Chapter 8: Oratorio (pg. 81-89); Johann Sebastien Bach (1685-1750) - “Wachet auf” (“Sleepers Awake”); George Friederic Handel (1685-1759) - “Hallelujah” from Messiah. Chapter 9: Baroque Solo and Chamber Music (pg. 90-98); J.S. Bach - “The Little Fugue in G Minor;” J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. I in G Major, Prelude; J.S. Bach - Air “On The G-String.” Chapter 10: The Baroque Orchestra (pg. 99-109); Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) - “Spring” from The Four Seasons; MusiCurious: Attending a Concert.


Week 2


July 9 - Quiz #1; Prelude: The Classical Era: Reason and Revolution (pg. 110-113); Chapter 11: The Classical Symphony (pages 114-125); Chapter 14: Classical Vocal Music (pg. 140-148); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Movement I; “Non più andrai” from The Marriage of Figaro. Amadeus Movie.


July 11 - Quiz #2; Chapter 15: The Music of Beethoven (pg. 149-161); Beethoven (1770-1827) - Symphony No. 9, Movement IV, (“Ode to Joy”); Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Movement I; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, Movement I (“Moonlight”).


Week 3


July 16 - Midterm Exam; Prelude: American Innovations in the Arts (pg. 274-278); Chapter 31: Early Jazz Styles (pg. 288-299); MusiCurious: Improvisation (pg. 292).  Chapter 32: Developments in Jazz in the Late Twentieth Century (pg. 300-306); Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (album); Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (album).


July 18 - Quiz #3; Excerpts from Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns. To include episode 9 “The Adventure”

1956-1961.  Chapter 33: American Classical Music influenced by Early Jazz (pg. 307-313); George

Gershwin (1898-1937) - Rhapsody in Blue. Italian Jazz Musicians and Composers TBA.


Week 4


July 23 - Quiz #4; Prelude: Music of The Romantic Era (pg. 162-165); Chapter 17: Romantic Piano Music (pg. 176-181). Frédéric Chopin (1811-1886) - Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2; Chapter 26: Impressionism and Symbolism (pg. 247-252); Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Claire De Lune. Chapter 27: Primitivism and Neoclassicism (pg. 253-260); Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) - The Right of Spring.


July 25 - Contemporary Masters: Stevie Wonder (LIVE DVD); Ray Charles; Esperanza Spalding; Cesaria

Evora; Paco de Lucía; Richard Bona; Tito Puente and Review.


July 26 - Final Exam.


Listening Table


The listening table below will be posted on Sakai and updated as needed. It will allow you to easily find the music that we discuss in class. Works that you will need to be able to identify for quizzes and exams will be highlighted. Links are provided for YouTube videos.


Composer / Artist

Title of Piece



YouTube & Grooveshark

J.S. Bach

The Little Fugue in G Minor

CD 1 Track 7


J.S. Bach

Air “On The G-String”



J.S. Bach

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Mvt. I



Antonio Vivaldi

“Spring” from The Four Seasons

CD 1 Track 8



Amadeus Mozart


Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Mvt. I

CD 1 Track 13


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Non piu andrai” from The Marriage of Figaro

CD 1 Track 37


Ludvig Van



Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Mvt. I

CD 1 Track 38



Ludvig Van



Symphony No. 9, Mvt. IV “Ode to Joy”


You Tube (1) You Tube (2) You Tube (3)

Ludvig Van



“Moonlight” Piano Sonata, Mvt. I



Ludvig Van



Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” Mvt. II



George Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue



Frederic Chopin

Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2

CD 1 Track 45


Hector Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique, “Dream of a

Witches’ Sabath”

CD 2 Track 1


Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

CD 3 Tracks 7-8


Maria Callas

Selections TBA (Opera)



Bessie Smith

Lost Your Head Blues

CD 3 Track 12


Miles Davis

All Blues (Kind of Blue)



Miles Davis

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down

CD 3 Track 18





America from West Side Story

CD 3 Track 30



15 Step



James Brown

It’s A Man’s World




Composer / Artist

Title of Piece



YouTube & Grooveshark

Dave Brubeck

Take Five



Ray Charles

Night Time Is The Right Time



Stevie Wonder

Selections from Live DVD Concert



Led Zeppelin

The Ocean



Richard Bona

Dina Lam



Paco De Lucia

La Barrosa


YouTube, Grooveshark

Cesaria Evora




Tito Puente

Oye Como Va






Wasted Time







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